Anime NYC is working closely with the Javits Center, New York City, and New York State to create the safest experience possible for all attendees, exhibitors, and guests. The following policies are as of October 4, 2021, and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available.


All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 12-years-old or older entering the Javits Center for Anime NYC must show proof of vaccination. This is per the City of New York’s Key to NYC initiative in place across all restaurants, museums, theaters, and all other indoor venues throughout New York City.

Your proof of vaccination must show that you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO. You can attend immediately after your first dose.

Proof of vaccination accepted includes:

  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • Excelsior Pass
  • CDC Vaccination Card
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • Official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

If showing a Vaccination Card or Report, either your physical card or a photocopy or digital image on your smartphone will be accepted.

Your proof of vaccination will be checked once upon your first arrival to Anime NYC, after which you will be given a wristband confirming your vaccination status has been verified. Keep this wristband on all weekend, and show it at the entrance during any additional arrivals to bypass the vaccination check.


Attendees under 12-years-old who are not yet vaccinated will be allowed at Anime NYC as long as they provide proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within three days of their first day at Anime NYC. Attendees under 5-years-old can attend without a test result.

Tests for attendees under 12-years-old can be…

  • At a government-run testing facility
  • At a pharmacy like CVS
  • At-home tests from Amazon or other online retailers

If showing a negative test, accepted test results include…

  • A digital photo
  • A printed copy
  • A screenshot of an app
  • A screenshot of an email


All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 2-years-old or older entering the Javits Center must wear masks while at Anime NYC, and please see the City of New York’s recommendations for preferred face coverings.

All face coverings must properly cover your nose and mouth. A mesh mask is not an acceptable face covering. A face shield is not an acceptable substitute for a mask.

Face coverings can be removed when eating or drinking and by panelists while socially distanced on stage, but face coverings must be worn at all other times at Anime NYC – including when taking part in any cosplay or celebrity photographs.


Cosplay masks and helmets are permitted but approved face coverings MUST be worn under the cosplay. Upon entry to the building, you will be required to remove your cosplay mask for security and show your approved face covering.

Staff will be checking this throughout Anime NYC, so please be sure to keep your approved face covering on even if in cosplay.


The following measures are being taken by Anime NYC and/or the Javits Center…

Installation of specialized, hospital-grade air filters to improve air quality and reduce any air contaminants in the Javits Center.

More space. Anime NYC is renting an additional 161,000 sq ft of space for the first time to further provide distancing between features and attendees.

Widened aisles. Anime NYC typically features 10 feet aisles in the expo hall. This year, aisles are widened to an average of 15 feet to allow for more space between features and attendees.

Increase sanitization. Increased sanitization teams from the Javits Center throughout the weekend cleaning the building.

Increased hand sanitizers and signage. Heavy distribution of hand sanitizers throughout the building and messaging around proper hygiene.

The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for facilities implementing strict infectious disease protocols in today’s environment. To achieve the GBAC STAR, Javits has demonstrated achievements in 20 core elements, from standard operating procedures to personal protective equipment. Learn more at


Should our vaccination and mask policy not be a match for you this year, we encourage you to enjoy Anime NYC online at home through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we’ll be posting more than ever, and we welcome you to engage as part of the Anime NYC community digitally. We unfortunately cannot allow anyone into the Javits Center without vaccinations or face coverings. Anime NYC is a large gathering, and vaccinations and face coverings are required for the health and safety of all participants.

We thank you for your support and apologize that this year’s Anime NYC may not be a match for all our fans. If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, we are able to until our ticket mailing deadline on October 10, and we hope we can welcome you back next year.


If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, email Requests must be made by October 10, 2021. Requests cannot be made after ticket mailing begins.


We ask that all attendees self-evaluate prior to coming to Anime NYC in order to protect others at the event. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event, please do not enter the Javits Center. Instead, please reach out to


These policies are as of October 4, 2021, and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available. As COVID-19 news changes rapidly, we recommend you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) to be the first to receive new information.

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